Cheese – Semi-Hard
PAIRS BEST WITH: Smooth & Powerful reds
ALSO CONSIDER: Crisp & Rich whites or Fruity reds, as well as beer, cider and stout.
Semi-Hard cheeses, as their description suggests, have lower moisture content than Fresh, Bloom Rind and Washed Rind cheeses. They are generally made in moulds and are aged for longer than softer cheeses, but not as long as hard cheeses.
They are very popular, as well as extremely versatile, and include Cheddar, Colby and Edam.
Best paired with Smooth and Powerful reds, but can also be good with Fruity reds, as well as Crisp and Rich whites.
Beer, cider and stout can also pair very well with Semi-Hard Cheese.
To find a great pairing for a particular dish or an individual wine, see the Food index on Pocket Wine or go to the Food Pairing section of the relevant grape variety.